Artist's impression of the formation of a new star

Artist's impression of the formation of a new star

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Credit: JULIAN BAUM/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: First in a series of 6 artist's impressions illustrating the formation of a new star, such as our Sun. A great swirling cloud of interstellar dust & gases floats gently in space. Only when some external event causes it to start contracting will it begin the process of star formation.

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Keywords: astronomy, cosmology, evolution, formation of, science, star, star birth, star formation, starbirth, stellar formation, sun, supernova

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